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Ruby Coats
1923 - 2011

Ruby Coats, 87, formerly of Electra, passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, at the home of her daughter in Iowa Park.

Funeral services were held Monday at Hillside Baptist Church of Electra, with Rev. David Odom and Rev. Bob Webb officiating. Burial was held in New Electra Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.

She was born May 20, 1923 in Bixby, OK., to Martin L and Bessie Schuessler McDonald. She had resided in Iowa Park seven years. She was one of the first weather watchers for Channel 3 and gauged the rain and snow for the National Geological Survey out of Norman, OK. She also gardened and farmed and she was the first lady to drive a school bus in Electra. She and Kit B. Coats, Jr. were married on Feb. 9, 1940, in Mounds, Ok. He passed away in 2003.

She is survived by a son, Dan Coats of Electra; a daughter, Linda White of Iowa Park; a brother, Alvin McDonald of Mounds, Ok.; a sister, Mary Ellen Evans of Denison; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Marty Coats; a granddaughter, Tina Coats; a great grandson, Sheldon Slade Strange, one sister; and a brother.

The family suggest memorials be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls or Hillside Baptist Church of Electra, Texas.

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